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Program Information
Program Name: ASPIRE Assistance Dogs
Year the Program was Started: 2013
Public Contact Person: James Givens
Address: 402A West Palm Valley Boulevard
#103
Round Rock, TX 78664
Telephone #: (866) 348-1820
Email Address: info@aspiredogs.org
Website URL: www.aspiredogs.org/
Program Category: Other
Target Participants:
Men, Women, Co-occurring substance abuse, Trauma Survivors, Veterans, Adults, Older Adults
Program Setting:
Mobile/Transitional
Annual Program Budget: $10,000-$40,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 3-5
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 5-10
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Some
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: ASPIRE Assistance Dogs trains assistance dogs for people with behavioral and mental health disabilities, post traumatic stress disorder and other issues. Our Primary purpose is to improve the lives of people living with behavioral health conditions by creating partnerships with dogs that are specially trained to mitigate the symptoms of their disabilities. Our secondary goal is to help promote public acceptance of behavioral health assistance dogs via pro-active outreach efforts and by maintaining the highest standards of training and certification of our assistance dog teams.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: To improve the lives of people living with mental and behavioral health disabilities by creating assistance dog partnerships.
Additional Information: An application to receive services can be found on our website. We are a nonprofit organization in the Austin, Texas area. Assistance dogs are provided at little or no cost to qualified recipients. We coordinate with recipients family, medical professionals, and other stakeholders to ensure all aspects of community integration. This may include peer counseling.

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